03/04/2017 London News


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The number of London's "hidden" homeless being housed

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outside of the capital has tripled since 2012.

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In some cases, these vulnerable families, who suddenly find

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themselves in need of immediate temporary accommodation, can be

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Councils say they have no choice because of

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Three years ago, when she was eight months pregnant with her first

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daughter, her private landlord evicted her.

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He didn't want children on his property.

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Desperate, she went to her council, who put her in temporary

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accommodation outside London in Welwyn Garden City.

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I didn't know anything in the area, I really struggled to get

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It wasn't easy, I was all by myself, pregnant, I was about to give birth

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and basically been stripped away from my support network

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She's still working in retail in London to help pay the rent.

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More than 80% of my pay goes towards travelling to work.

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It's been a nightmare, because everything in my life

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In 2012-13, around 600 people were put in temporary

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But by 2015-16, that number had climbed to just over 2000,

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Some of those might be for a few nights, others, like Abigail,

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Although most people are sent to areas just outside of London

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like Thurrock and Hatfield, that's not always the case.

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Some have been put in accommodation as far

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Councils say they have to do this because they've

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Councils find themselves in an almost impossible position,

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with literally no accommodation they can use anywhere nearby

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and families who have to be, have to have a roof over

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And the problem is getting bigger, as more people

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People who are in work, people would expect would keep

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a roof over their heads, our findings that through no

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fault of their own, the landlord's put the rent up,

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the market's risen around them and they just can't find anywhere

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Abigail does have a house, but after three years away

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from her family and friends, she still waiting to note

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Drivers in the Aslef rail union have rejected a measure put forward

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to resolve their dispute with Southern Rail about who should

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52% of the Aslef drivers voted against

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Let's cross now to our reporter Louisa Preston who

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This is the second time that Aslef's is have voted against a union, which

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is all rather frustrating and embarrassing. Basically, they get to

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a deal they believe the drivers will be happy with and the drivers more

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or less vote against it. It was extremely close this time, about 50/

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50. They are not going away saying they will call more strike action.

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They are saying we want to get back around the table to talk this

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through. They believe they are not far away from a deal. After months

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and months of disruption, commuters are still extremely frustrated.

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I think at the start everyone was fed up and angry,

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and now everyone just goes, that's just Southern,

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I am just exasperated by the whole thing, really.

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It's about time they got a grip and got back to work.

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The other union involved in this is the RMT. They have never stopped

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their strike. They go on strike again on the 8th of April, Grand

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National day. That will be the that of the day of strike action against

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seven for the RMT. Back to you. Thank you for the update.

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It's been announced that the new head of the Metropolitan Police

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will officially start her job a week today.

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Cressida Dick was appointed at the end of February

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and is the first female commissioner in the force's 188-year history.

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She'll take the helm just weeks after the Mayor

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published his new Police and Crime Plan.

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We've long heard the argument that shops should close their doors

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in the winter to save on energy - but what about all year

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Campaigners say, it would greatly improve air quality in stores.

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But many retailers worry it could affect trade.

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Here's our Environment Correspondent Tom Edwards.

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It's Europe's busiest shopping street with half

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a million visitors a day, but it also has a pollution problem.

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On Sundays, Oxford Street has some of the highest levels of nitrogen

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It comes from diesel engines, from buses and from cabs,

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and it's not helped due to something called canyoning, where

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the nitrogen dioxide gets stuck between the buildings.

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And if you walk down the street, you'll noticed most of the shops

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It's completely invisible around us is.

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Now campaigners think shops should close their doors,

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to reduce energy use and cut the levels of pollution inside.

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It would make a huge difference to the health risks,

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They'd be saving a huge amount of energy.

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Most of them are using air conditioning or heating.

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Research from Kings College has shown that pollution in shops can be

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reduced by up to 30% if the doors are closed.

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It's very obvious that the shop's open.

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It's a very inviting, encouraging entrance to the shop.

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Marks Spencer says it's already doing it and it

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Of course, there's other benefits that we're getting from this,

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Since 2007, we've reduced our energy usage across our estate by 39%.

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Doors and making sure that our buildings,

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the fabric of our buildings, particularly the entrances

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and exits, are sealed well is an important aspect of that.

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Retail groups say they do take pollution seriously,

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and want more shops to help improve air quality.

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We have 200 million customers a year coming to the West End,

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They have choices where they shop and the environment

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in which they want to shop, so of course it's important

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commercially, but equally we have 100,000 staff who work here,

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we have a right to help London in terms of better air quality,

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so I think it's really high on the political agenda.

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It's equally very high on the boardrooms of a lot

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Campaigners say closing shop doors is a no-brainer.

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A simple solution to reduce pollution.

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Well, this month's special edition of The Big Issue

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is filled with work from some of our leading contemporary artists.

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And in some of them, ten golden tickets,

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where the reader will win an actual work of art.

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For many in W1, he's a fixture, selling The Big Issue

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I was a relative stranger in London at the time.

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As well as making a couple of pounds, which was much

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needed in order to get by, it provides a social

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network and it encourages you to engage with people.

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And this issue of The Big Issue is bigger than most.

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That's because it's been guest edited by a big name

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in the contemporary art world, Charming Baker.

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Today, he's signing copies to launch this edition filled

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with special contributions from other well-known artists.

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I was quite overwhelmed by just how generous the artists were.

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I know from being in artist, and some of the artists I know,

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we get asked to do stuff all the time, and some

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And I was really worried asking people, and that's why I tried

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Celebrated artists like Jake and Dinos Chapman

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And, for the founder of The Big Issue himself,

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a fan of Tai Chi as well as art, painting meant he was able to go

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from a life on the streets to a life in the House of Lords.

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As well as discussing these themes, this special edition

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to own an actual work of art, featured in the magazine.

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There are ten golden tickets to be found.

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And I'll leave you with Wendy and a look at the weather.

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It has been lovely the last few days. The weather for the week ahead

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still has high pressure in it. Although it will be mostly dry and

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settled, the one thing to mention is there will be some rain tonight

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which is working towards us at the moment. On the satellite picture you

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can see what is going on. Clear skies in between and this cloud

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comes in after midnight and brings the rain into tomorrow morning. A

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cold front but high pressure builds in back behind it. We might have a

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little more cloud caught up with the high pressure. Perhaps not beautiful

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blue skies enjoyed over the last you days. At the moment clear skies and

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a bit of low cloud, mist and fog developing. Towards midnight and the

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early hours of the morning a little bit of rain, a fairly mild night at

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7-9 . Still rain around in places first thing tomorrow morning for the

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rush hour journey to work. A lot of cloud stuck with us through the day.

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It found pieces of drizzle but we will perhaps have brightness edging

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through from the North West later on in the day with a temperature of 15

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degrees that this is looking a little pessimistic, this outlook.

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We'll see some sunny spells in amongst the cloud. What was the on

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Thursday and Friday is some brighter, sunny morning support it

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begins to cloud over into the afternoon. The wind is light. On the

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outlook we can see the weekend weather. Still high pressure, so it

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is remaining settled. It will feel fairly warm and

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is remaining settled. It will feel fairly warm and dry as well.

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Good evening. Some rain spreading in across the Atlantic overnight. As it

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does so we will see some fresh Atlantic air following on from

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behind. The pollen levels will drop but the temperatures will also drop.

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Some rain to go with the cloud. It is moving its way from west to east.

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Drying up in not an island and eventually it will dry up in most of

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Scotland. The fresher Atlantic air is following on behind. In major

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towns and cities it will be five, 6 degrees. Across England and Wales

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there would be extensive cloud cover. It will be a pretty grey and

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wet start to some parts of Wales and the South West of England. Not much

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rain by eight o'clock in the morning. Pretty grey, misty and

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murky for some. Head further north and not much rain to be had. Still a

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lot of

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